The Supreme Council for Information and Communication Technology (ictQATAR) has launched a public consultation on its proposed licensing framework for the telecoms sector in Qatar. The regulations aim to increase the transparency of the licensing process, reduce barriers to entry through streamlined processes, promote technology neutrality, and align licensing processes with the Telecommunications Law of 2006. ‘The rapid pace of technological innovation in the telecommunications sector and the demand for advanced communications services in Qatar led us to review the current licensing framework. Our new proposal aims to model Qatar’s telecoms licensing framework after international best practices,’ said Dr. Hessa Al-Jaber, Secretary General of ictQATAR. The proposals are available for review online at www.ictQATAR.qa and the public is asked to submit feedback on the documents by 15 February 2009.